Wenger is In

The Irish are knocking down the commitments for the 2006 recruiting class as they notched No. 24 with St. Thomas Aquinas High school (Fort Lauderdale, FL) center Daniel Wenger.

Dan Wenger becomes the fourth offensive lineman to commit to play football for the Irish in 2006. Wenger joins Bartley Webb, Eric Olsen, and Chris Stewart as the current offensive line commitments for this class.

"I was really interested in Notre Dame from the beginning," Wenger said of recruitment. "It was just one of those things as you're younger you can see yourself going to Notre Dame, and now it's kind of settling in and becoming a reality."

Although Wenger had interest in Notre Dame, he wasn't sold until he had an opportunity to experience the magic of the Notre Dame campus.

"The feeling you get when you step on the campus," he said of his first trip for the Tennessee game. "It was my first time seeing the campus, the people and the atmosphere sold me on Notre Dame.

"A week or so after I visited Notre Dame, I sat down with my family and decided that Notre Dame was where I wanted to be. They agreed with me 100 percent. The opportunities are endless there. I told my coaches and then I told coach Weis. Everyone was pretty excited with the decision and they said I made the right choice for me."

While his visit for the Tennessee game was his first trip to South Bend, Dan did get a chance to watch the Irish in person when he visited Purdue.

"Yes definitely," he replied when asked if his interest increased after watching the Irish dismantle Purdue in West Lafayette. "The fact that coach Weis was able to come in and turn the whole program around; to become a power house in Division I football in one year just proves to me that there is something special about him as a coach and that he's going to keep winning.

Coach Weis was a big part of Dan's decision to pick the Irish, but offensive line coach John Latina also made a strong impression on him.

"Throughout the whole process coach Latina stayed in contact with me," Wenger commented. "He constantly was checking in to see how I was doing and seeing how our season was doing. He told me straight up how it's going to be and showed the concern about my team and my season. It wasn't like he was taking time or taking my mind of my season. It meant a lot to me for him to realize that I had to still play my season and not to overlook it during the recruiting process. That showed me that he's a stand-up guy and that he'll be there for me in the end.

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